Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:10 PM
bigtree (67,030 posts)
A Letter To Romney From Lilly Ledbetter: "Itís time to speak up"
from the Obama campaign blog: http://www.barackobama.com/news/entry/a-message-from-lilly-ledbetter
A message from Lilly Ledbetter
June 5, 2012
Lilly Ledbetter has written a letter to Mitt Romney asking him to stand up to the Republican Party, and speak out for equal pay for equal work. Read Lillyís message, and join her in demanding that Mitt Romney support efforts to end pay discrimination.
Itís time to speak up.
Iím writing to ask you to stand up to your fellow Republicans, show youíre worthy of the leadership youíre asking the American people to entrust you with, and let us know where you stand on legislation that will help finally make pay equity a reality.
Iím writing you directly because so far, your leadership has been so lacking that it appears those closest to you donít know where you stand, either.
In April, your advisers were asked whether you support the law that bears my name and empowers women to fight back when weíre cheated out of equal pay. They responded with silence.
In May, the Washington Times asked your campaign five times whether you support the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that goes further to ensure equal pay for equal work. Again, silence.
Now, in June, as Washington Republicans continue to oppose this common-sense law, you continue to hide.
Your campaign will say only that you support the concept of pay equity, but that you wouldnít change any laws to actually enforce it. Thatís like saying youíre for staying dry but wouldnít use an umbrella in a rainstorm. Women are getting soaked, Governor Romney, and staying silent when a solution is at hand isnít leadershipóitís an insult and a cop-out.
If the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a step in the right direction, the Paycheck Fairness Act is a giant leap forward. The first gave us recourse to sue no matter when we learn that weíve been paid unfairlyóa right we often didnít have until President Obama made it the first bill he signed. The second will make it easier for women to learn if theyíre being discriminated against in the first place. It gives businesses incentives to do whatís right and protects workers from being fired for sharing information about their pay. It closes loopholes and makes discrimination harder to hide, which makes it harder to commit.
You talk often about your unique understanding of the economy. Iím troubled, though, that you donít seem to understand the consequences of pay inequality. Itís not just about a paycheck and itís not just a womenís issueóitís a family issue. Women make just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, which adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost earnings over years of hard work. More women are becoming breadwinners in their families, and unjustly lower wages mean we have less to spend in our communities to support the economy. The overtime pay, Social Security, and pensions we earn are based on our wages, so unfair pay today hurts us now and weakens our retirement security later. I learned that lesson the hard way.
Itís 2012. Women are not worth less than men, and no one should get paid less for doing the same job just because she is a woman.
Will you stand up for women, stand up to your fellow Republicans and stand on the right side of history? Will you finally say aloud that you support efforts to stop pay discrimination before it starts? Weíre listening.
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A Letter To Romney From Lilly Ledbetter: "Itís time to speak up" (Original post)
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Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:47 PM
KurtNYC (14,549 posts)
2. A (simulated) message from Mitt Romney to Ledbetter
Dear Mrs. ___(husband's first name)___ Ledbetter,
Does your husband know that you are writing letters ? He might not want you using his computer.
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